Nora Ephron died on Tuesday 26th June. She was one of the wittiest,warmest and sharpest screenwriters of our times. She was a feminist too, afeminist who wasn’t afraid to talk openly about her life, love and losses. Or to laugh at some ofthe movement’s more handwringing quirks and funniosities.
On top of that she was, and continues to be, an inspirationto writers around the world. Writers who know that the right words at the righttime have more power than a multi-million dollar pyrotechnics spectacular or CGIshenanigan.
Nora didn’t only write films, she also wrote volumes ofhilarious and insightful essays. The essays are honest and coverthe side of being a woman that can often be hard to expose for fear of beingperceived as “vulnerable”.
This quote from Nora has popped up all over the internet inthe days since her death. I guess that some words are so wonderful that theydeserve to be repeated:
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim"
Thank you for the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally. Thank you for the slobbery and snotty tears I shed watching You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. Thankyou for working your ass off to write words that have made millions of peoplesmile.
Thank you, Nora Ephron. Thank you.
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